Spartans cautious against No. 16 LIU Brooklyn
They’re from all over the country, play in New York and have a
big-city swagger. The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds are not a typical No.
16 seed, which is why Michigan State won’t take them for
The top-seeded Spartans insist they’re not overlooking the
Northeast Conference champions as they prepare for Friday night’s
NCAA opening-round game in the West Regional. Michigan State coach
Tom Izzo called LIU ”more than a formidable foe” and was
impressed with how the school played North Carolina in last year’s
LIU coach Jim Ferry says his team is full of ”a bunch of
tough-minded kids” who epitomize New York. Ferry says he doesn’t
see his players ”backing down from anybody.”
Spartans star Draymond Green says Michigan State’s grueling
schedule, which included non-conference games with North Carolina,
Duke and Gonzaga, prepared the team for the NCAA grind.